Most foreigners (I am Ukrainian) I met...oh wait...all of them, actually, when looking at a green squash, couldn't quite figure out what it was. After some thinking most came to what I'd say was close enough: zucchini. Well, technically, they are the same thing, probably, but they look and taste a bit different.
Zucchinis have thicker skin and it is of rich green color. These guys have much softer, thinner skin of pale-green and they bruise easily. I like them better.
It's much easier here in Ukraine because we only have one name for this green squash. In English I've found several synonyms. I've seen this vegetable being called a marrow, a green squash, a summer squash, Italian squash and Mediterranean squash. Anyway, we're talking green summer Mediterranean Italian sqash/marrow here, ok? Good.
What I wanted to say here was that its very easy and fast to make yourself some green squash snack. Actually, it can be eaten raw
"The word “squash” is derived from “askutasquash,” which literally means “a green thing eaten raw” in the language of the Nahahiganseck Sovereign Nation" link
because it is quite delicate and juicy already. But hey, us, victims of the contemporary junk food, don't have much taste for raw foods.
Here is one small green squash being fried:
In just a minute or two a brown crust will appear
Which is unnecessary, and the less you fry it the better for your health. I rarely eat fried food, but sometimes I am in the mood for it.
So in just a few minutes with all the washing, peeling off the skin (i do it to get rid of the portion of nitrates, which reportedly reside in greater quantities in the skin and both ends of the veggies) cutting and rolling in flour. Flour creates that crispy crust, but you can do just fine without it, if you're a real health freak!))
So apart from the green squash itself, you'll ideally need a good non-stick ceramic frying pan (safe, handy, easy to clean), some flour, olive oil and salt.
You fry one side, then turn each over and fry the other.
Takes about 10 minutes at most to cook one portion and wash the pan :)
In the result, you will have yourself a meal that is rich in minerals and vitamins (the less you fry the more vitamins survive, but minerals don't mind the heat).
Image created from the chart published here
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Hi Michael! You just reminded me I wanted to post an update with more fried veggies.
This time the squash was cut in 4 pieces, thats quicker. And the combination with fried tomatoes is just great.
I hardly ever hear of diabetis here. I also don't see many overweight people on the streets. Cooking home is a norm, but even our fast-food chains are quite healthy, offering the same traditional Ukrainian food. Sweet soft drinks aren't that popular, I don't think. From what I read and watched type 2 diabetis is highly related to junk food.